There are many ways in which paper can be disposed of effectively. However, you are recommended to do a bit of research in order to find out the method best suited to your requirements.
One of the easiest ways of disposing of paper is to burn it. However, this is one of the least preferable options because there are:
Hazards with fire
Setting fire to paper needs to take place in a controlled environment where the risks are zero. Not only should precautions be taken to minimise injury from burning, but also consideration needs to be given to the spread of fire and heat.
Laws that restrict burning
If burning paper is something you are considering, you should check with your local authority or the Environment Agency to ensure that the action is not forbidden as some laws prevent it.
More practical alternatives
Composting or shredding paper are likely to be preferable alternatives once consideration is given to the hazards and laws outlined above.
Composting Paper for Disposal
Another effective way for disposing paper is to compost it. It is renowned as a good addition to compost heaps as it blends well with grass cuttings and other green waste.
However, this method is only practical for home-owners and for small quantities of paper. For businesses or larger entities, this is not a practical option. And if you are destroying paperwork that contains personal information – for example, banking records, years of filing, etc, – you will need to explore other methods.
Shredding Paper for Disposal
The most common and effective way of disposing of paper is to shred it. This method is preferred by many organisations and homes alike as it safeguards the confidentiality of the data it contains: once paper has been shredded in an industrial security shredder, it is virtually impossible to retrieve the information.
Shredsec provide secure shredding services to homes and businesses throughout London and the East of England.
Environment benefits of shredding paper
You should also consider the environmental implications of your method of paper disposal. Burning paper is not an environmentally friendly option because of the CO2 emissions, smoke and possible toxic fumes that will result.
However, shredding your paper through Shredsec’s services means that you will be recycling it for use in new paper products. All our shredded paper is recycled.
Not only will you be saving precious space in landfill but you will also be preventing the cutting down of trees for the generation of new paper. And you will be protecting yourself and your organisation from ID theft, fraud or data espionage.